Redistricting Plan Passed by Board of Education

The plan will affect almost half of all FCPS students.

Frederick, MD – The Linganore-Oakdale-Urbana redistricting plan was passed Wednesday night by the Board of Education.

The vote was unanimous among board members, with the student member abstaining.

Frederick County School Board President Brad Young said the plan would alleviate crowding and was also necessary for the future opening of two new elementary schools within the next two years.

“Over the past year we’ve been getting community input and talking about what the best redistricting boundaries would be,” Young said. “We finally adopted those last night.”

Sugarloaf Elementary is expected to open in September 2020, and Blue Heron Elementary in September 2021.

Young said incoming eighth, 10th, 11th and 12th graders can choose to be “grandfathered in,” having the option to stay in their current school rather than moving to a new school under the redistricting plan.

The redistricting plan will begin to take effect next school year, and the deadline to be grandfathered in is November 15.

Young said the board kept the community’s best interests in mind.

“We did our best and listened to the community,” Young said. “And ultimately, I think the plan that we came up with is a good one.”

By Timothy Young